Those in the Ocean City area who have been looking for a pottery class won’t have to look any further. Starting in March the Ocean City Center for the Arts will offer pottery classes. This new studio is Ocean City’s only pottery studio.
There will be classes for ages 5 through adult with weekday, evening and Saturday classes available. Students can learn hand building, wheel throwing, pinch, coil and slab techniques as well as firing and glazing. The classes will be held at the new pottery studio within the Ocean City Center for the Arts located at 502 94th Street., Ocean City, MD. The grand opening and ribbon cutting for the new Ocean City Center for the Arts will be held March 1st at 4:30 pm.
Local artist, Erik Hertz, has been named ceramics director of the pottery studio. Erik has been a working potter for over 3 decades. His love for clay started at just five years old, when he was at a craft fair in Asheville, North Carolina. He has been producing his original design stoneware for retail for nearly 40 years. In addition to teaching classes locally, Erik has also taught in Virginia and as far away as Hawaii and Austria.
“I hope to share my knowledge to make people comfortable with working with clay” Hertz commented. “I am particularly eager to teach people who may have had difficulty before and break it down into smaller steps, so they can express themselves in this wonderful medium”. Erik’s work can be viewed on his website.
“The Ocean City Center for the Arts is very fortunate to have Erik Hertz as the ceramics director and an instructor,” says Rina Thaler, Executive Director of Ocean City Center for the Arts. “Erik’s expansive knowledge of pottery and his artistic ability will be a great benefit to the area’s art community.”
For more information about the pottery studio or to register for classes please visit the Art League’s website or call 410-524-9433.
The Art League of Ocean City is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing the visual arts to the community through education, exhibits, scholarship programs and public service projects. Financial support comes primarily through membership dues from individuals and corporate sponsors. Funding is also provided by the Worcester County Arts Council, Maryland State Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, organizations dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive.